As Scientology coverage blows up, get ready for major network attention on Clearwater - 2017-05-31

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F347.png As Scientology coverage blows up, get ready for major network attention on Clearwater May 31, 2017, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Interest in Scientology is really boiling over, as you've probably noticed. We're hearing from producers and journalists about investigations and programs about Scientology going into development at a stupendous rate. It's almost overwhelming.

And some of that attention is definitely focused on Clearwater, Florida where we've been saying for a while a showdown of sorts has been building. Even the Los Angeles Times, which has shown such little interest in Scientology's controversies in its own backyard, published a piece by Tampa-based freelancer Les Neuhaus yesterday about the recent land sale that caused reverberations throughout Pinellas County.

And more national attention is heading Clearwater's way. The land sale — which pitted the Church of Scientology against the Clearwater Marine Aquarium over a 1.4-acre parcel that the city purchased from the aquarium as part of a $55-million redevelopment plan — is exactly the kind of thing that the mainstream media can sink its teeth into. It has conflict — the church offered $15 million for the small parcel, but the aquarium wouldn't budge and sold it to the city for $4.25 million as it had promised — and it also has lots of public records, as well as politicians and other figures willing to go on the record.


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